Governance

Since 1978, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has served as the City’s economic driver, designing and implementing innovative solutions that catalyze investment, create jobs and advance the economy of the City of Detroit through public and private sector collaborations. The DEGC is Detroit’s one-stop shop for both emerging and expanding businesses, and is committed to inclusive economic development.

The DEGC is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit economic development corporation governed by a Board of Directors consisting of civic leaders, corporate executives, government officials and other stakeholders. Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) is a 501(c)(3) agency supporting DEGC’s economic development portfolio through receiving private contributions.

DEGA Members

Mike Aaron, Laborer’s Union 1191

Marvin Beatty, Greektown Casino*

John Blanchard, General Motors*

Matt Cullen, Rock Ventures

Eva Garza Dewaelsche, SER Metro

Lydia Gutierrez, Hacienda Mexican Foods

Kenneth L. Harris, National Business League

George W. Jackson, Jr. (Emeritus)*

Marshall S. Kleven, Fifth Third Bank

Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership

Thomas Lewand, Jr., Shinola

Rachel Lutz, Peacock Room

Mike MacLauchlan, Ilitch Holdings

Conrad Mallett, City of Detroit (Chair)*

Dave Meador, DTE Energy*

Darrel Middleton, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Reuben Munday, Lewis & Munday*

Cynthia Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions*

Andra Rush, Rush Group Family of Companies*

Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Ronald Stallworth, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tony Stovall, Hot Sams

Terence Thomas, Sr., Thomas Group Consulting

Michael Tyson, Michael R. Tyson & Associates*

Jim Vella, Vella Strategic Philanthropy Group*

Linzie Venegas, The Ideal Group

Lalit Verma, Sakthi Automotive Group

Steven White, Energy Infrastructure Solutions*

Roy Wilson, Wayne State University

Jacci Woods, Motor City Casino*

Donna Zalewski, ITC Holdings Corp

Ex Officio Directors

Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit

Kevin Johnson, President and CEO

Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council

Nick Khouri, City of Detroit Appointee

DEGC Members

Mike Aaron, Laborer’s Union 1191

Marvin Beatty, Greektown Casino*

John Blanchard, General Motors*

David Blaszkiewicz, Invest Detroit*

Matt Cullen, Rock Ventures

Eva Garza Dewaelsche, SER Metro

Lydia Gutierrez, Hacienda Mexican Foods

Kenneth L. Harris, National Business League

George W. Jackson, Jr. (Emeritus)*

Marshal S. Kleven, Fifth Third Bank

Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership

Thomas Lewand, Jr., Shinola

Rachel Lutz, Peacock Room

Conrad Mallett, City of Detroit (Chair)*

Darrel Middleton, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mike MacLauchlan, Ilitch Holdings

Dave Meador, DTE

Reuben Munday, Lewis and Munday*

Cynthia Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions*

Andra Rush, Rush Group Family of Companies*

Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Ronald Stallworth, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tony Stovall, Hot Sams

Terence Thomas, Sr., Thomas Group Consulting

Gary Torgow, TCF Financial Corporation*

Michael Tyson, Michael R. Tyson & Associates*

Jim Vella, Vella Strategic Philanthropy Group*

Steven White, Energy Infrastructure Solutions*

Roy Wilson, Wayne State University*

Jacci Woods, Motor City Casino*

Donna Zalewski, ITC Holdings Corp*

Ex Officio Directors

Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit

Kevin Johnson, President and CEO

Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council

Nick Khouri, City of Detroit Appointee

* indicates individual is also on the DEGC Executive Committee